Chasing Northern Lights & Scenic Fjords (6D5N)

 

Depart Singapore:

11 March 2016 (Friday)

 

Depart Oslo:

16 March 2016 (Wednesday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Many of us dream of seeing the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are both mystical and magical. You don’t know when this natural phenomenon will appear, but when it does it will simply take your breath away. The colours and shapes change and move, like a giant and ever changing work of art in an otherwise dark sky.

On this journey, we bring you to Tromsø, a city in the northern part of Norway. Located in the middle of the northern lights belt, Tromsø can offer some of the highest levels of northern lights activity on earth. We hunt for the lights in an area where we very often catch the lights but there is no guarantee as Northern Lights are sometimes elusive. The nights are cold and waiting can take up to several hours, but the outcome is worth all the trouble. Watch nature’s own theatre unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes centre stage: The northern lights with you in the front row.

While we hunt for the lights during the night, in the day, experience a real arctic adventure as you cruise the fjord, trek in snow shoe and go dog-sledding. On top of it, we bring you to the Sami people and culture, since prehistoric times.

A tour that encompasses all the essence. You must not miss it!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (11 Mar): Arrival in Oslo – Transfer to Tromsø – Northern Lights Chase

  • Northern LightsDepart Singapore on midnight flight and arrive in Oslo, the capital city of Norway by noon.
  • Take the domestic flight from Oslo to Tromsø and arrive in Tromsø near evening.
  • Check-in hotel and get ready for your first night of Northern Lights chasing. This is an intense and exciting chase – to the coast or deep into the wild, perhaps even to the Finnish border. We do all we can to crown your tour with a sight to remember forever.
  • After a night of chasing the lights, back to hotel earliest around 1am but usually 2-3am or even later.
  • Rest for the night.

Meals provided: Warm expedition meal during Northern Lights chase

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar, Tromsø

 

Day 2 (12 Mar): Free & Easy – Northern Lights Chase

  • The Arctic CathedralAfter a late night sleep, you can opt to sleep in this morning, or to further explore Tromsø city. Be back in the hotel by 5pm.
  • Recommended Activity in Tromsø (at own cost):
    • The Arctic Cathedral – Built in 1965, the Arctic Cathedral is the city’s most recognisable landmark. This distinctive structure was inspired by Northern Norway’s landscapes, and features an original glass mosaic – “Return of Christ”.
    • Polaria – Polaria has an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema. In the cinema, you can look forward to the Ivo Caprino film “Svalbard – Arctic Wilderness”and the Ole C. Salomonsen production “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway”. After the film visitors are taken along the “Arctic Walkway” where you through films and installations can see and learn how the ice is melting in the Arctic, how it affects the nature and the animals living there, and how researchers work in these areas. In the aquarium the main attraction are the bearded seals.
    • Northern LightsFjellheisen Cable Car – The cable car up Mount Storsteinen, 420m above sea level, offers breath-taking panoramic views over the city, the surrounding waterways and mountains.
    • Polar Museum – The Polar Museum tells the exciting story of risky Arctic trapping and courageous polar expeditions. Located in former Customs House on the quayside dating from 1830. Tromsø was the centre of seal hunting in North Norway, and the town was established at the “Gateway to the Arctic” in the late 1800s. Tromsø has long been an important base for many polar expeditions, and the Polar Museum exhibits and presents this polar seafaring tradition. At the museum you will meet the courageous men and women and the ships and equipment that were essential for life both on the sea and in the Arctic.
  • In the evening, get ready for your second night of Northern Lights chasing.
  • Back to hotel to rest for the day after a night of chase.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Warm expedition meal during Northern Lights chase

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar, Tromsø

 

Day 3 (13 Mar): Fjord Excursion (by car)

  • Fjord ExcursionAfter a late night sleep and after breakfast, we will go for our fjord excursion at around 11am.
  • The breath-taking fjord landscapes in the Tromsø region are some of the finest Norway can offer. This is among the wildest and most beautiful nature experiences you can find.
  • This trip is a real and grounded experience, as well as it could make you feel weightless. It might even leave you speechless or talkative! The extreme combination of mountain and sea is second to none. We make a lot of short and long stops, and we experience wild nature, local culture and charming small towns. Quite often wild animals cross our path. Sometimes even whales can be seen or heard.
  • Drop-back to hotel around 3-4pm to rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar, Tromsø

 

Day 4 (14 Mar): Snow Shoes Trek – Sami Culture & Reindeer Experience

  • ReindeerAfter breakfast, get ready for 3-4 hours day activity – snow shoes trek.
  • Snow-shoes are a great way to used when you want to get out and enjoy the winter landscape. If you can walk, you can snow-shoe.
  • Back to hotel around 2pm to rest.
  • In the evening around 530pm, walk to Radisson Blu Hotel (5 mins walk) where we will be picked up hotel and depart for our next activity – Sami culture and reindeer experience.
  • Since prehistoric times, the Sami people of Arctic Europe have lived and worked in an area that stretches over the regions now known as Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula. They have inhabited the northern arctic and sub-arctic regions of Fenno-Scandinavia and Russia for at least 5,000 years.
  • You will meet a real Sami guide who comes from reindeer herding families and will tell you about the reindeers and reindeer herders.
  • LavvoYou will get to try reindeer sledding, the oldest means of transportation in the north on the island of Kvaløya. The location has little artificial light and excellent conditions to look for the Northern Lights.
  • After the reindeer sledding adventures, stay on in a traditional Sami lavvo (tent) for a traditional hot Sami meal, storytelling, display of cultural artifacts and joik (traditional Sami song). If you’re lucky, you may just see the Northern Lights dancing outside.
  • Drop-back to hotel around 10pm to rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar, Tromsø

 

Day 5 (15 Mar): Depart Tromsø – Flight to Oslo – Free & Easy

  • Oslo City CentreAfter early breakfast, depart Tromsø for Oslo.
  • Upon reaching Oslo, transfer to Oslo city centre and check-in to your hotel.
  • Free and easy in Oslo, the cultural, governmental and economic centre of Norway, and is a maritime trade hub.
  • Recommended Activity in Oslo (at own cost):
    • Oslo City Hall (Radhus) – Home to the Oslo City Council and numerous galleries and studios, the Oslo City Hall showcases the city’s political and cultural sides. It is widely considered one of Oslo’s architectural gems.
    • Oslo Opera House – Located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water, Oslo Opera House invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.
    • Nobels Fredssenter (Nobel Peace Centre) – You can find out about all the prize winners and the father of the Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel. The centre focuses on topics relating to war, peace and conflict resolution – in Norway as well as abroad. At the heart it is the Nobel Field, a “garden” of 1,000 blinking fibre optic lights where all the Peace Prize laureates throughout the years are presented on digital screens.
    • Akershus FortressVigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park) – The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. The bronze statue of the little Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian) is among the most famous sculptures, along with the Monolith (Monolitten) and the Wheel of Life (Livshjulet).
    • Akershus Fortress – Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V. The medieval castle, which was completed in the 1300s, had a strategical location at the very end of the headland, and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. King Christian IV (1588-1648) had the castle modernised and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence.
    • Icebar Oslo – ICEBAR OSLO offers a unique, must see bar experience when visiting Oslo. Discover this momentary world of arctic delight and surprise your senses with a subzero adventure into the world of ice. The design of the bar is changed annually – transforming crystal clear ice into momentary art for your enjoyment. ICEBAR OSLO is operated in 45 minute time slots, starting every hour on the hour.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station or similar, Oslo

 

Day 6 (16 Mar): Depart Oslo

  • After breakfast and check-out of hotel, transfer to Oslo airport via train for your onward flight home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

 

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON (BERGEN CITY & NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL)

Day 5 (15 Mar): Depart Tromsø – Flight to Bergen – Free & Easy

  • BergenAfter early breakfast, depart Tromsø for Bergen via domestic flight.
  • Upon reaching Bergen airport, transfer to Bergen city centre via airport bus or taxi (10 mins drive).
  • Check-in to hotel and free and easy in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.
  • Recommended Activity in Bergen (at own cost):
    • Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Fløibanen) – Take the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen and see all of Bergen in just 8 minutes. From Mount Fløyen, approx. 320m above sea level, you can enjoy the beautiful view, study the cityscape in detail and the seaward approaches and fjords surrounding Bergen.
    • Bergen Fish Market – The picturesque and lively Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway’s most visited markets and has a charming location in the heart of the city. You may want to have a go at tasting raw oysters or buy freshly boiled shrimps and eat by the waterfront next to the stands at the Fish Market or at Bryggen.
    • Bergen Fish MarketBryggens Museum – Bryggen, the old wharf in Bergen, is an exceptional example of a medieval district, and it has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Bryggens Museum allows you to experience life in medieval Bergen, and the museum has been built over the remains of the first settlement at Bryggen. The oldest buildings are from the 12th century, and the various finds have been left in the ground where they were found by the archaeologists.
    • Rosenkrantz Tower – The Rosenkrantz Tower is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of the tower are from the 1270s, but have been extended on several occasions for the purpose of fortification and as a demonstration of power. If you climb up the narrow and dark flights of stairs you can climb right up on the roof, which still provides impressive views. The tower was the residence of King Eirik Magnusson, who was the last king to hold court in Bergen, until he died in 1299.
    • Mount UlrikenHaakon’s Hall – Håkon’s Hall is 750 years old and was built by King Håkon Håkonson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. When his son Magnus Håkonson Lagabøte married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. At that time Bergen was Norway’s largest and most important town and Håkon’s Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway’s first complete set of laws.
    • Bryggen – The very first buildings in Bergen were situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries. Bryggen has been ravaged by many fires, the great fire of 1702 in particular. It reduced the whole of the city to ashes. Bryggen was rebuilt on the foundations that had been there since the 12th century, which means that Bryggen is basically unchanged despite the passing centuries. Bryggen is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City. The world heritage site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and one of the best known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.
    • Mount Ulriken – Visit Bergen’s highest mountain top, Ulriken, at 642m. The Ulriksbanen, the most famous cable car in western Norway, runs up the mountain. A shuttle bus departs for the Ulriksbanen from the Tourist Information Office in Bergen.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge or similar, Bergen

 

Day 6 (16 Mar): Norway in a Nutshell – Flåm

  • Norway in a Nutshell - Bergen to VossCheck-out of room and leave your luggage behind which will be transported to Oslo on behalf of you as you go on your Norway in a Nutshell trip.
    • Bring minimal baggage with you as there is no space for luggage while you move along.
  • Take taxi (at own cost) from hotel to Bergen train station for your departure.
  • Begin your Norway in a Nutshell journey from Bergen train station. The Norway in a nutshell trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery. You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breath-taking Flåm Railway and various fjord.
    • Part 1: Take the train from Bergen to Voss
    • Part 2: Take the bus from Voss to Gudvangen
    • Part 3: Take the fjord cruise from Gudvangen to Flåm
  • Norway in a Nutshell - FlåmAfter landing in Flåm, proceed to your hotel for a night stay in picturesque Flåm. The hotel is 100m from the railway station.
  • Check-in to Flåm accommodation and free and easy for the rest of the day.
  • Recommended Activity in Flåm (at own cost):
    • Kayaking – A guided kayaking trip through the landscape and history of the area. Explore Northern Europe’s most dramatic fjord landscape.
    • Fjord Safari – The narrow Nærøyfjord is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord are both arms of the Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world. The area has extreme, dramatic and stunning fjord scenery.
    • Flåm Railway Museum – Free entrance with your ticket. Visit the Flam Railway documentation center and learn more about the Flam Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world and a marvel of engineering. Gain insights into the construction of the Flam railway, the technical development and the people responsible for the impressive undertaking.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Flam Ferdaminne or similar, Flåm

 

Day 7 (17 Mar): Norway in a Nutshell – Flåm – Oslo

  • Norway in a Nutshell - FlåmAfter breakfast, continue your Norway in a Nutshell journey to Oslo.
    • Part 4: Take the train from Flåm to Myrdal
    • Part 5: Take the train from Myrdal to Oslo
  • Upon arrival at Oslo central train station, walk to your hotel (2 mins walk from train station)
  • Check-in to hotel. Your luggage should also arrive from Bergen.
  • Free and easy in Oslo, the cultural, governmental and economic centre of Norway, and is a maritime trade hub.
  • Recommended Activity in Oslo (at own cost):
    • Oslo City Hall (Radhus) – Home to the Oslo City Council and numerous galleries and studios, the Oslo City Hall showcases the city’s political and cultural sides. It is widely considered one of Oslo’s architectural gems.
    • Norway in a Nutshell - MyrdalOslo Opera House – Located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water, Oslo Opera House invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.
    • Nobels Fredssenter (Nobel Peace Centre) – You can find out about all the prize winners and the father of the Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel. The centre focuses on topics relating to war, peace and conflict resolution – in Norway as well as abroad. At the heart it is the Nobel Field, a “garden” of 1,000 blinking fibre optic lights where all the Peace Prize laureates throughout the years are presented on digital screens.
    • Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park) – The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. The bronze statue of the little Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian) is among the most famous sculptures, along with the Monolith (Monolitten) and the Wheel of Life (Livshjulet).
    • Norway in a Nutshell - Myrdal to OsloAkershus Fortress – Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V. The medieval castle, which was completed in the 1300s, had a strategical location at the very end of the headland, and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. King Christian IV (1588-1648) had the castle modernised and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence.
    • Icebar Oslo – ICEBAR OSLO offers a unique, must see bar experience when visiting Oslo. Discover this momentary world of arctic delight and surprise your senses with a subzero adventure into the world of ice. The design of the bar is changed annually – transforming crystal clear ice into momentary art for your enjoyment. ICEBAR OSLO is operated in 45 minute time slots, starting every hour on the hour.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station or similar, Oslo

 

Day 8 (18 Mar): Depart Oslo

  • After breakfast and check-out of hotel, transfer to Oslo airport via train for your onward flight home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 2,599.00

With Optional Add-On (Price Per Pax)

SGD 3,289.00

(Price differs according to the number of pax. For solo traveller or bigger group, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double sharing room in Tromsø with daily breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation based on twin/double sharing room in Oslo (no breakfast)
  • 2 nights’ guided Northern Lights chase on 11 Mar 2016 and 12 Mar 2016 with following items provided for use
    • Warm expedition thermal suit
    • Warm winter shoes
    • Warm mittens
    • Hat
    • Wool socks
    • Warm expedition meal
    • Hot drinks
    • Head torch
    • Water
    • Jerven Extreme Bag
  • Transport (taxi) from Tromsø airport to Tromsø hotel
  • Transport (taxi) from Tromsø hotel to Tromsø airport
  • Transport pick-up and drop-off for Northern Lights chase
  • Transport from Oslo hotel to Oslo airport via train
  • Cost of following activities:
    • Fjord excursion (by car)
    • Snow shoes trek
    • Sami culture and reindeer experience
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary

Package Exclusions

  • International and domestic airfare and airport tax
    • Return Oslo – Tromsø – Oslo flight: SGD 302 (subject to availability and change in fare price)
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Hotel porterage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional/Recommended tours/activities in Tromsø and Oslo
  • Add-on extension cost in Bergen

Extension in Bergen Package Inclusions

  • 1 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double sharing room in Bergen with daily breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation based on twin/double sharing room in Flåm with daily breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation based on twin/double sharing room in Oslo (no breakfast)
  • Norway in a Nutshell cost
  • Porter transport of luggage from Bergen hotel to Oslo hotel (Limit to 1 piece luggage. Additional piece cost SGD50)

Extension in Bergen Package Exclusions

  • Domestic airfare and airport tax
    • One way Tromsø – Bergen flight: SGD 186 (subject to availability and change in fare price)
  • Transport from Bergen airport to Bergen hotel
  • Transport from Bergen hotel to Bergen train station
  • Transport from Oslo hotel to Oslo airport via train
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional/Recommended tours/activities in Bergen, Flåm and Oslo

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 02 Oct 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

11 March 2016

Singapore (SIN) to Amsterdam (AMS):

KLM (KL 0836) 0130hrs – 0800hrs

 

11 March 2016

Amsterdam (AMS) to Oslo (OSL):

KLM (KL 1143) 1020hrs – 1210hrs

 

11 March 2016

Oslo (OSL) to Tromsø (TOS):

SAS (SK 4422) 1450hrs – 1640hrs

 

 

15 March 2016

Tromsø (TOS) to Oslo (OSL):

SAS (SK 4411) 1020hrs – 1215hrs

 

 

16 March 2016

Oslo (OSL) to Amsterdam (AMS):

KLM (KL 1148) 1715hrs – 1910hrs

 

16 March 2016

Amsterdam (AMS) to Singapore (SIN):

KLM (KL 0835) 2055hrs – 1620hrs (+1)

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,837.50

 

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